National experts convened in late January for a workshop involving Adolescent Suicide Prevention, exploring techniques for early detection and management of young people at risk. (The 3 1/2 hour session was presented on January 24, 2018.)
Attendees at this talk learned about how to assess for imminent suicidal risk, develop a safety plan, and about strategies for reduction in risk that cut across clinical settings, are setting-specific, and have some empirical support. Finally, it concluded with four possible approaches to clinical assessment of suicidal risk that could improve our performance in prediction and intervention over the current standard.
Introduction by Maryland Pao, M.D., Clinical Director, National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
Keynote by David A. Brent, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, What Do I Do Now? A Clinician’s Guide to the Assessment and Management of Youth at Imminent Risk for Suicidal Behavior
Elizabeth Ballard, Ph.D., NIMH, The Neurobiology of Suicide Attendees of this talk will learn strategies for working with suicidal patients, particularly within psychiatric inpatient settings. Ethical concerns when conducting research with suicidal individuals will also be highlighted. Lastly, recent findings on acute risk factors for suicidal thoughts, including sleep, will be presented.
Other speakers included:
Lisa Horowitz, PhD, MPH, NIMH, Screening for Suicide Risk in the Medical Setting: Turning Research into Clinical Practice
Anne Moss Rogers, Beacon Tree Foundation, Turning Pain into Purpose – Finding hope after losing my son
Argyris Stringaris, MD, PhD, MRCPsych, NIMH
CEUs will not be offered for viewing the event online.